The Plame ridiculousness is back again. It’s just breaking on Fox News that Vice President Dick Cheney is to be called as a defense witness by Scooter Libby’s team. Here’s the AP report:
Vice President Dick Cheney will be called as a defense witness in the CIA leak case, an attorney for Cheney’s former chief of staff told a federal judge Tuesday.
“We’re calling the vice president,” attorney Ted Wells said in court. Wells represents defendant I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who is charged with perjury and obstruction.
Early last week, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said he did not expect the White House to resist if Cheney or other administration officials are called to testify in Libby’s trial, expected to begin in January.
Libby is accused of lying to investigators about what he told reporters regarding former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s identity was leaked to reporters around the time that her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, publicly criticized the Bush administration’s prewar intelligence on Iraq.
Sitting presidents, including Clinton and Ford, have testified in criminal cases, but presidential historians and separation-of-powers experts said they knew of no vice president who has done so. The first President Bush was subpoenaed to testify in the Iran-Contra trial of Oliver North. At the time, Bush was Reagan’s vice president, but Bush was president by the time a judge ruled he did not need to testify.
In addition to Cheney, other government officials and journalists are expected to be key witnesses in the trial, which is scheduled to start next month.
Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller and NBC News Washington bureau chief Tim Russert are expected to be prosecution witnesses. Libby’s lawyers said in court papers that several reporters will testify on Libby’s behalf.
Ugh, all this nonsense because of Valerie Plame and her partner is stupidity, Joe Wilson.